May 27, 2009
By KATHERINE MANGAN
Austin, Tex. -- Three years ago, Sophia Berry was wandering around the University of North Texas campus in Denton, map in hand, trying to find her next class. After spending a semester at a one-building community college, she found the university impossibly spread out. And the social pressures she felt there, among 28,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduate students, were daunting.
Now she is so much at home that she serves as a counselor for incoming freshmen and transfer students, teaching them the university's fight song and helping them make the transition to a large public college.